Oregon Ducks have ‘serious interest’ in 2023 Idaho TE CJ Jacobsen

Spring has arrived and with it, the seeds planted by coaches and scouts nationwide are beginning to bloom. For Oregon, these seeds are often deposited in states like California, Washington, and Arizona.

But the Ducks dove into the Idaho talent pool to check the tight end of 2023 CJ Jacobsen. The 3-star prospect (.8600 for 247 sports) from Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho, has locked down a visit to Oregon next month.

Duck digest met with Jacobsen to discuss the mutual interest between him and Oregon, as well as his future plans to visit.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has been on the Ducks’ radar for some time, mostly in contact with Tight Ends coach Drew Mehringer. Mehringer invited Jacobsen to town on April 8 and told him the Ducks had a “serious interest” in him.

“He seems like a really cool guy,” Jacobsen said of Mehringer, who often talks with the young tight end. It’s super easy to talk and chat with him. It’s progressing. I’m super excited to meet him in person.”

CJ Jacobsen

Jacobsen doesn’t currently have an offer from Oregon, but he hopes to learn more about the new coaching staff on his trip and build a good enough relationship to land an offer.

So what would an offer from the Ducks mean to him?

“That would be huge. Oregon is known nationwide, and here in Idaho, the Pac-12 is the closest Power Five conference. If I got an offer from Oregon, I would definitely be super excited. .”

The Ducks have made it known that they can recruit with the best of the best. Dan Lanning preached the program’s ability to walk into the house of any rookie in America and bring them to Eugene.

Sure, the Ducks will use their elite scouting staff and national brand to attract the big players from the states you’d expect, but there’s plenty of talent in every state. Jacobsen said Duck digest that it means a lot to him that a program of this caliber is of interest to a player from Meridian, Idaho.

“Oregon can bring in recruits from all over the country, so that means a lot more than other schools,” he said.

Jacobsen is impressed with the coaching staff Lanning has built in Eugene and believes they won’t miss a beat next year.

“Coming off of a national championship in Georgia, Lanning is definitely a coach you want to have in the building,” he said. “He’s done a great job building his staff. Teams usually have a rebuilding year when they have an all-new staff, but I think Oregon will pick up where it left off.”

Although next month’s trip isn’t technically the first time Jacobsen has been to Eugene (he’s played in basketball tournaments in the past), it will be the first time he’s learned about the football program at Oregon.

CJ Jacobsen

One aspect he’s excited to learn during his visit is what Oregon’s offense will look like under Kenny Dillingham and Junior Adams, particularly how they’ll use tight ends. Jacobsen got a taste of what was to come during his conversations with Mehringer, and that should put a smile on the faces of Oregon tight ends and any tight rookie interested in the Ducks.

“With Coach Cristobal, they didn’t really use tight ends much in the passing game. Mehringer told me they were planning to have several tight ends on the court as passing threats, which is exactly the offense I want to fit into.”

Jacobsen is an athletic pass catcher, having gone from wide receiver to tight end. Schools signed him as a “flexible” tight end who can line up wide, who would be a perfect match for the fast, pro-style attack that Dillingham has teased.

“I’ve heard from several schools that I can move much better and faster than most tight ends,” Jacobsen said. “They think I can be a mismatch all over the pitch.”

CJ Jacobsen visiting Louisville

Before Jacobsen meets the Ducks on April 8, he will travel to Raleigh for a visit to NC State next week. He also plans to visit Utah during the second week of April and will consider visiting BYU and Arizona State, which recently offered him an offer.

He said NC State, Louisville and BYU are recruiting him the hardest while communication with Arizona State is “reviving” over the recent offer. But he’s in no rush to make his decision anytime soon, as he wants to make sure the school he ends up choosing ticks all his boxes.

“For me, it’s definitely a coaching staff that has my best interest. [in mind] and help me achieve my goals,” Jacobsen said of what he is looking for in a future home. “They should be like your second family. I’m not fixed on anything in terms of distance; I really want to go where it suits me best and where I can get a good feel for the coaching staff and hopefully play early.”


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